Full Membership in the SUVCW is open to any male, 14 years of age (6 to 14 for Junior members), who:

  1. Is a direct descendant (son, grandson, great grandson, nephew, grand nephew, great grand nephew, etc.) of a soldier, sailor, or marine who were mustered into Federal service and served honorably in, were honorably discharged from, or died in the service of the Union Army or Navy during the War of the Rebellion, 1861-1865.
  2. Member applicants must be at least 14 years of age and must not have been convicted of any heinous or notorious crime (felony).
  3. Must not have ever borne arms against the U.S. Government.

Male descendants, ages 6-14, may join as Juniors with the same stipulations stated above.

The application fee and annual dues rate will vary from one Camp to another. Please note that applicants must also submit photocopies of records that substantiate their ancestor's honorable service to the Union. This may be in the form of the ancestor's military discharge certificate, muster-out report, or pension papers (available from the National Archives). The 1890 Federal Census of Veterans and State Adjutant General's records may also support service.

Those who do not have a Union ancestor, but who still wish to support the Order, may join as an Associate. The Associate has the same privileges as a Member, in that he can vote at camp elections and hold Camp office. Up to 33% of a Camp's total membership may consist of Associates. Associates must be at least 14 years of age and have never borne arms against the U.S.Government. Not all Camps accept Associates.

Download Membership Application from the National Website and Contact the Lytle Camp JVC: Jim Cobb

Membership Application

How to Order Military & Pension Records From the NARA